It never ceases to amaze me when I read letters like Jennifer Jemino’s or the seemingly countless others who fault President Obama for his “weakness” in not throwing enough ordnance around to rid the world of every bad actor.

For those keeping track at home, we’ve been bombing Iraq off and on for nearly 25 years. In that time period we’ve bombed and/or invaded Syria, Libya, Serbia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan, and that’s just the places we know about and that I can think of right off the top of my head!

Just how much more of the world needs to be bombed and/or trampled under American boots for everyone to feel nice and cozy and “safe” and “strong”?

We’ve been trying this same recipe for a while now and it hasn’t exactly worked out yet. Even the “good old days” before President Obama came along and messed everything up weren’t quite terrorism-free. Daniel Pearl, Casablanca, London, Madrid, Bali and, of course, 9/11 come immediately to mind.

Maybe when people stop playing “blame Obama” and asking for magic, quick fixes, we can start seeing some positive change. Don’t expect that to happen anytime soon.

Jeremy Smith

Old Orchard Beach